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US Lacrosse Guidance On Coronavirus for lacrosse community
by posted 03/11/2020

US Lacrosse Guidance On Coronavirus For Lacrosse Community

 

US Lacrosse is actively monitoring the latest updates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation to best assist the lacrosse community.

 

First and foremost, everyone should follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html). These resources are updated as new information becomes available and should be checked frequently.

 

At this time, US Lacrosse has no plans to cancel any of its upcoming events, either at its headquarters in Sparks, Md., or at venues around the country. However, that could change if state and local public health authorities recommend cancelling mass gatherings in designated locales.

 

General guidelines from the CDC to help individuals prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

 

As it relates specifically to lacrosse, here are some additional recommended preventative measures:

 

  • Encourage anyone who is sick (players, coaches, officials, fans) to stay away from activities. Consider encouraging fans with medical conditions (i.e. heart or pulmonary conditions, diabetes) that may make them more at risk for COVID-19 to avoid mass gatherings. 
  • Avoid handshakes in postgame handshake lines.
  • Use good hygiene practices with water bottles.
  • Properly clean and sanitize lacrosse equipment.
  • Bring hand sanitizer to events.

 

We encourage individuals to contact their local healthcare providers and public health authorities if they have questions or concerns regarding individual medical advice. Given the fluid nature of this situation, US Lacrosse will continue to monitor information from the CDC, and state and local public health authorities, and will share any updates that relate directly to the lacrosse community. 

 

Resources

 

Prevention and treatment from CDC 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

 

FAQ from CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

 

Cleaning and disinfection recommendations from the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html

 

Advice for the public from World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

Q&A on COVID-19 from World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

 

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by Master Admin posted 01/11/2017

Taylor Lanzillo North Greenville University

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